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Check Six: McGhee Tyson ANGB

November 20, 2017

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McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base has a tie to many Hawaii Air National Guard members past and present. The base is the home of the I.G. Brown Air National Guard Training and Education Center (TEC). The TEC operates the ANG NCO Academy, the NCO Leadership School and until 2008, the Academy of Military Science (AMS) – the ANG officer commissioning course.

The undated photograph above shows the base front gate. Behind the F-104 Starfighter, is the drill pad where TEC students practiced drill and ceremonies. There is a small base exchange and gas station there now.

On the right side, there are a lot of white buildings. Some buildings were the dormitories while others were staff offices, but all were World War II style wooden buildings built in the 1950s. In a multi-year upgrade plan, new facilities replaced these aging buildings.

If you are old enough to remember:

Long lost somewhere on the campus – or removed during the multiple construction projects – is a complete set of imu rocks. There were Business and Industry Days were local business leaders traveled to the base to see the facilities and meet with the TEC and National Guard Bureau staff. B&I Days from Hawaii included a complete luau.

Civil engineering units from each state individualized the décor of NCO Academy dormitory rooms to reflect the state’s personality. This concept went away after a few years because there was every type of light bulb in those dorms.


McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base (TYS) is a joint military facility located at McGhee Tyson Airport. It is located approximately 10 miles (16 km) south of the central business district of Knoxville, near Alcoa, in Blount County, Tennessee. It was the site of McGhee Tyson Air Force Base from 1952 until 1960.

McGhee Tyson ANGB is the home of the 134th Air Refueling Wing (134 ARW) of the Tennessee Air National Guard, an Air Mobility Command (AMC) gained unit which functions as the host wing for the installation.

Other tenants of the base include the 119th Command and Control SquadronAir National Guard Band of the South, and the 1st Squadron, 230th Armored Cavalry Regiment’s Army Aviation Support Facility of the Tennessee Army National Guard, operating several OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopters.

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